The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been home to some of the most spectacular fashion exhibitions. For its 2017 programme, a portrayal of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s lifelong work will be showcased.
After the huge success of the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition (its most visited to date,) it is believed that Balenciaga’s showcase will be welcomed with equal admiration and excitement. Though Alexander was British and Cristóbal was Spanish, Balenciaga was around long before McQueen constructing the fabric of modern day fashion values and perhaps, even inspired some of the work we see from today’s ateliers. Throughout his lifetime as a designer (he was first a seamstress’ son,) Balenciaga was labelled the designer’s designer, one of the greats of the 20th century fashion industry and wholly inspirational considering he was self-taught and one of 3 children brought up by a single mother whose husband died early in life. Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his fashion house in 1968 citing ”it’s a dog’s life.”
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be the first display of the Getaria-born designer’s work in the UK and coincidentally, will mark the 80th anniversary of his famed Paris salon and the 100th anniversary since the establishment of Cristóbal’s studio in San Sebastian which kicked off his career. 20 hats and 100 garment pieces alongside film footage, sketches, photographs and fabric samples will be displayed for attendees wishing to grasp what truly made Balenciaga the renowned designer he was. The exhibition will also detail how his skills and entrepreneurship paved the way for those who followed a vocation in fashion design and continue to do so.
The exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum will commence May 27th 2017 and end on February 18th 2018.